Archive for May, 2006

May 26, 2006: 6:59 pm: Daily Scripture

James 3:13-18
13 Are there those among you who are truly wise and understanding? Then they should show it by living right and doing good things with a gentleness that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, do not brag. Your bragging is a lie that hides the truth. 15 That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God but from the world. It is not spiritual; it is from the devil. 16 Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom that comes from God is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help those who are troubled and to do good for others. It is always fair and honest. 18 People who work for peace in a peaceful way plant a good crop of right-living. (NCV)
The New Century Version, (Dallas, Texas: Word Publishing) 1987, 1988, 1991.

God is a God of order. Wherever there is confusion, it is not from God. Anything that originates from Him must be done properly and in an orderly manner. One of Satan’s major goals is to bring about confusion, disruption, disharmony, and disorder. He does this because he knows that God will not act in an environment of conflict, chaos or confusion. God steps back from confusion because it is against His nature and He knows that until the confusion is cleared, His voice cannot be heard. That is why in Psalm 46:10 He states, “Be still, and know that I am God…” If you are in a place of confusion right no, stop and listen for the voice of God. He is there because His Word has stated He will never leave you, but He can not work in your life if you are listening to lies from Satan and there is confusion because of those lies. So stop and listen to what God would say over your situation. The Word of God has all you need to know to make a joyful life in this sinful world.

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May 25, 2006: 7:13 pm: Daily Scripture

Daniel 6:16-22
16 So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you worship continually, rescue you.” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel from the lions. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn’t sleep at all that night. 19 Very early the next morning, the king hurried out to the lions’ den. 20 When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you worship continually, able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If you read the whole story behind Daniel being in the lions’ den, you will see his enemies tried to kill him by preventing him from praying to God. But Daniel did pray, the Word states in Daniel 6:10 “…He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel was a praying man, but notice that prayer did not keep him from getting thrown into the lions’ den Christians sometimes think, because I pray, nothing bad should happen to me. That is not necessarily true. Because you pray, you are not alone if something bad does happen. There is a big difference. God is not interested in your physical or emotional or financial comfort, He is interested in you becoming more like Him. He is interested in what matters for eternity. And what matters for eternity is how much you allowed the Spirit of God in you to overcome the evil nature also in you. Who is ruling in your heart will determine your behaviors and actives. And God is interested in not what you accumulate, but in who you bring to heaven with you. These are the things that God will work out in your life for His purpose. So if you are going through something bad right now, don’t stop praying, don’t stop believing, know that He is with you to bring through the problem to make you more into His image so you are more usable for Him.

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May 23, 2006: 9:28 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 41:8-16
8 “But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from my friend Abraham, 9 I have called you back from the ends of the earth so you can serve me. For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
11 “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and ashamed. Anyone who opposes you will die. 12 You will look for them in vain. They will all be gone! 13 I am holding you by your right hand-I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you. 14 Despised though you are, O Israel, don’t be afraid, for I will help you. I am the Lord, your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel.’ 15 You will be a new threshing instrument with many sharp teeth. You will tear all your enemies apart, making chaff of mountains. 16 You will toss them in the air, and the wind will blow them all away; a whirlwind will scatter them. And the joy of the Lord will fill you to overflowing. You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Centuries ago the Church took on the belief that because Israel had rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior, that God was done with the Jews. And all of His promises to them now belonged to those who believed in Christ. This is just not true and never has been. God never goes back on a promise He has made. Some day the Jewish people will recognize Christ as their Savior and many do today. The Church today is comprised of Gentiles and Jews. But what God is telling the Israel is that they will be come a nation again and that He is not done with them. Christ will come back one day and rule as their King. We have seen this become true right before our eyes and Israel became a nation again in 1948 after over 2600 years of being ruled by others and then in 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and scattered all of the Jews around the world. But God was still working to bring them back and we are witness to this. So we should be in support of Israel as brothers who do not know the truth of Christ yet. God is still working to protect them and will continue until He is ruling on this earth as their King.

To read more about the actual documented history of how this happen you can read an article I put together about the history of the Jews. It tells about how they became a nation and how God worked to bring that to together. Just click on this link: http://www.drzimmerman.com/jews.htm to get your PDF copy.

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May 22, 2006: 7:30 pm: Daily Scripture

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Hebrews 1:14
14 But angels are only servants. They are spirits sent from God to care for those who will receive salvation.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This verse tells us that there is a whole invisible world going on all around us that many are not aware. But those in Christ have His Word and we should be aware of this and not only be aware but be prepared to do battle in this invisible world. For Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” There is a very fundamental principle, which is that for everything visible, something invisible corresponds to it. In other words, what is happening in your walk with Christ is being effected by what is happening in the invisible world around you.

Angels are spiritual beings that were created by God for His purposes. They are servants and are used by God to minister to those who are in Christ. But there are also fallen angels that followed Satan when he rebelled against God. There is not redemption for fallen angels. They had their chance and now because they have chosen to rebel against God along with Satan, they are damned for eternity. But they do not want you or any other human to get salvation. They can’t make you lose you salvation once received, but they can make ineffective for Christ thereby preventing you from becoming victorious or bringing anyone else to Him. So they are working all around you to keep you miserable and not useful for the Kingdom of God. Being aware of what is happening, makes you more useful to Christ for the purpose of prayer and for the purpose of moving beyond your stumbling blocks. Satan would have you stay in a situation that keeps you from growing in Christ. But you can move forward because Christ has provided a way for you. He has provided you knowledge and the power of the Holy Spirit in you to move forward. So pick up your sword of prayer and use the power of the Spirit of God in you and His angels to prevent Satan from having any more victory in your life by keeping you from moving forward for God. Start today and pray for discernment of the lies Satan is telling you. Move off of that problem that has kept you bound for too many years and start making a difference for God in His Kingdom.

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May 19, 2006: 9:40 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 35:8-9
8 And a main road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-hearted people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there. 9 Lions will not lurk along its course, and there will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will follow it. 10 Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return to Jerusalem, singing songs of everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be overcome with joy and gladness.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you on the Highway of Holiness today? Are you heading toward God or way from Him? If you are not actively working to be more like Him, you are moving away from Him. Even though you may claim Him as your Savior, you can still be moving away from Him. When we stand before Christ, He is not going to judge us for sin, which is covered by His Blood for those who accept Him, but He is going to look at your life. How useful were you for Him to work through. Did you grow smaller and Christ grower larger in you to the point where others saw Him in you? That is what we all need to be asking ourselves. Our standard is Christ and we do not measure up to anything else. Being on the Highway of Holiness is to be in Christ and working for His purpose under His direction and with His power. It is a process and will continue until we are with Him. Examine your life today and seek to do His will in all that you do and be on the Highway of Holiness.

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May 18, 2006: 7:17 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 13:14-27
14 “The time will come when you will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing where it should not be==reader, pay attention! “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. 15 A person outside the house must not go back into the house to pack. 16 A person in the field must not return even to get a coat. 17 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies in those days. 18 And pray that your flight will not be in winter. 19 For those will be days of greater horror than at any time since God created the world. And it will never happen again. 20 In fact, unless the Lord shortens that time of calamity, the entire human race will be destroyed. But for the sake of his chosen ones he has shortened those days. 21 “And then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or, ‘There he is,’don’t pay any attention. 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform miraculous signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. 23 Watch out! I have warned you! 24 “At that time, after those horrible days end, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give light, 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send forth his angels to gather together his chosen ones from all over the world-from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus had a lot to say about His Second Coming. He wanted to warn His disciples about the things that would happen after He left them. The 13th chapter of Mark is all about the end times. He starts with the destruction of the Temple and then moves forward to the days we are in now. The days before the Tribulation or judgment of God against a world who has rejected Christ. But what He is talking about in verse 14 is the middle of the Tribulation when Antichrist sets himself up to be the god of the world. The Jews realize that they have signed a peace treaty with the Devil, because they thought he was their Messiah. They come to this knowledge and now have to flee Jerusalem. Christ warns them it will be difficult because the world will be in great turmoil heading into even greater turmoil. In fact, if God does not cut those days short, all people would die. But He will and it will only be for 7 years for sake of those who come to know Him as Savior during the Tribulation. He is saying to all of us today to be warned and do not be fooled because no one will need to tell you that Jesus Christ has returned because all those alive at the time will see Him all over the world. He will return to a world of darkness because Satan is in control of the entire world. But there will be those who know Him and He will gather them up to protect them from His judgment on those who served the Antichrist. Today we are at the time just before the beginning of the Tribulation and Christ warned that there would be wars far and near and famine, but that these were just the beginning of the horror to come when Satan is the king of the world. So take comfort in knowing that you belong to Him and that you will not have to go through His judgment because you have accepted Him as your Savior. To read more about this click on the above link Bible Studies and download the Bible study I have put together on the book of Revelation.

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May 17, 2006: 7:30 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 3:12-15
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through
Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. 15 I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul was a person who walked closely with God. His intent was to keep growing, learning, and serving Christ. But Paul was never satisfied that he had attained all of the fullness of Christ. This side of heaven, no one can. But God does not ask for perfect people, He seeks people who will listen and obey. God is looking for people who will pick themselves up and get on with the business of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can’t change our past but we don’t need to let it keep us down. What events in your past are keeping you from all that you can be in Christ Jesus? If you are dragging the past with you, it will be difficult to mature in Christ. Paul continued to focus all his energies on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. As Christians, we need to do the same. What ever it is, don’t allow it to affect your today. You can not drive a car forward while looking in the rear view mirror anymore than you can go forward for Christ while living in the pain of the past. Remember, you are a new creation in Christ Jesus; all things have been made new. Let the Spirit of God renew your mind. It is in your thinking that the enemy defeats you. When you are reminded of past pain, that is a whisper in your mind planted by Satan to keep you bound in that pain. Remember that you belong to the Holy Almighty Living God and that you now have the mind of Christ. Think His thoughts! And speak the Word from Proverbs 3:5, 6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.” Be sure to obey the truth you have already learned and do not let the enemy keep you bound by past pain. Get over it!

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May 16, 2006: 7:07 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 11:22-24
22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. 24 Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

One of the most asked questions is why does God not answer my prayer. With all assurance, I can say that God hears all prayers, but that not requests get the answer wanted. But all do get answered. It is just not in the way we want. God is continually working all things out according to His purpose, His design and His time. Our request may not fall into what He has intended or our request may not be good for us. They may not take us the direction That He wants us to go. There may be unforgivness in our hearts towards someone and that needs to be dealt with before God will meet our request. Jesus is telling us that for our prayers to be answered the way that we want, we must first believe that God is there. We must be a believer in Him. And we must have faith that He hears us and will give us the object of our request. If it is for the good of His Kingdom. Take your focus off of the request and put it on Him. When you come before Him give it to Him and then focus on Him and His will and not on the request. Trust that He will work out for you the request according to His will and have faith that is best in the situation. If you are praying for healing, not all will be healed as we all have to die at some point and usually of an illness. So relax in His care and know that He is with you and is working all things out for the glory of His will and that is what is best for you.

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May 15, 2006: 7:21 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

This text tells us that Satan targets his attacks on our minds. We know that because Paul is talking about “arguments,”: “the knowledge of God,” and “taking every thought captive.” Our freedom in Christ begins in our mind; we must learn to think differently. When Satan attacks a Christian’s mind, he starts building strongholds. This is a place that he can operate from and he wants to set up permanent residence about this issue in your mind. He will get a grip on the your mind until you begin to think there is no way to overcome the problem, no way to save your marriage, no way to become effective for Christ, no way your child will be saved. Whenever you say, “there is no way or it can’t be done,” you are looking at a stronghold in your mind that Stan has set up to prevent you from receiving victory or becoming effective for Christ. Satan can plant thoughts in your mind, but he can not make you continue to think about it or make you do it. You are responsible for what you do with the thought after he places it in your mind. If you continue to think the thought that is contrary to God, even if it is a good thought, he can set up a stronghold in your mind to keep you in bondage. Our weapons against such attacks are: prayer, reading the Bible, obedience to God, meditation on His Word, fasting and service. These weapons can prevent strongholds, but we must pull down the ones Satan already has set up in your mind. This can be done by recognizing them when they come up and by loosing Satan’s hold through prayer. Matthew 16:19 says, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” We are to pull down these strongholds and rebel thoughts planted by Satan or our own rebellious thoughts by recognizing them. Pray for wisdom from God to do so and rebuke the thought. Focus on what God can do in your situation and think on Him and His power to take care of your problem.

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May 12, 2006: 6:42 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 91:1-11
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 This I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him. 3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague. 4 He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day, 6 nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. 8 But you will see it with your eyes; you will see how the wicked are punished. 9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. 11 For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If you make God your focus and trust in Him alone, He will keep you safe. This does not mean that you will not be affected by all of the pain and trouble around you. But God has promised to keep you safe in His love. This means you can live with peace of mind knowing that He will keep you safe in His love. Remember He is the God of all comfort and He will comfort you in all your troubles. In the world today, this is even more important. With the terrorism all around us, you need to be even more focused on God. Make Him your peace and know that He has everything under control, no matter what you see happening. As a child of God, get your strength and peace from Him and the promise of His Word. Rely on truth and not on what is on the nightly news. This will be a witness to those around you. Others will see how you live in peace during this time of trouble. When others are troubled, you will be able to give them the same comfort God has given you.

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